MLB Baseball Betting: Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers

MLB Baseball Betting:  Cincinnati Reds at Detroit Tigers

With the NHL hockey season now in the books (and the NBA season not far behind) we’ll turn our attention to Major League Baseball. In this preview we’ll take a look at an Interleague game between the Cincinnati Reds and Detroit Tigers. Neither team is really doing anything exceptional this season and both are mired mid-pack in their respective divisions. The Tigers are in third place in the AL Central with a 34-30 record that leaves them 3 games out of the division lead. The Reds are slipping toward the bottom of the NL Central but is currently in fourth place–though a whopping 14 games off the lead.

Detroit could be heading in the right direction now and this series might be the perfect springboard they need. The Tigers have won six of their last eight games and are at least over .500 at home. An 18-17 record on their own field might not be anything ‘to write home about’ but that’s at least above the ‘Mendoza line’. They’re well poised to get to the top of the division and could find themselves in second place before they know it with current occupant Minnesota heading backwards having lost 8 of their last 10 games. They opened this series with a 6-0 shutout win on Monday night to improve to 7-5 in Interleague play this season.

Cincinnati has been bad on the road this year (11-22 -10.9 units) and the team looks dispirited and disorganized losing four of their last five games. They’ve also performed poorly in Interleague action this season with a 1-8 record. Until the Reds show some signs of life they’re on our ‘go against’ list and that’s something we’re not expecting to happen in the near future. In fact, we’re of the opinion that the other scenario is more likely–the Reds could nosedive and go on a prolonged losing run. With the top three teams in the NL Central leaving also rans Cincy and Milwaukee in the dust both could be playing out the string by the middle of July.

Tigers are the better team in better form and catch a poor traveling Reds team that has lost money in Interleague play. We’ll lay the price with the home side.